U.S. Supreme Court ruling deals another defeat to Obamacare foes

U.S. Supreme Court ruling deals another defeat to Obamacare foes

Colorado players cheer, assail health care decision


Valerie Richardson
The Colorado Statesman
June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding Obamacare subsidies on federally run state exchange had no direct impact on Colorado, which has its own state-run exchange — but you wouldn’t know that from the reaction.

Colorado supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheered the high court’s 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell, which allows the federal government to continue providing financial assistance to consumers who purchase policies on Healthcare.gov.

“[T]oday’s decision is a reaffirmation of a fact we have known for years: the ‪#‎ACAworks,” wrote Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Obamacare opponents, including Advancing Colorado chief Jonathan Lockwood, were crestfallen.

“I was hopeful that we’d see a Supreme Court decision in favor of King because it would expose Obamacare for what it really is,” Lockwood said. “These subsidies do nothing but mask the cost of health care. People would see, ‘Oh, this is what the law has done,’ and it would start a conversation that would lead us to repealing and replacing Obamacare with market reforms that actually work.”

With the Supreme Court’s decision leaving Obamacare intact, however, Lockwood said he fears that such reforms are less likely than ever to take place.

“If the subsidies went away, we could have a conversation about, ‘Maybe you should be allowed to buy an insurance plan not from Colorado because a company somewhere else is offering a plan that you want,’” Lockwood said. “That kind of conversation would be really good for people. Especially the most vulnerable.”


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